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Bug#770231: Amd64-efi installer becomes unresponsive on x86 bios

On November 25, 2014 11:10:06 AM Ian Campbell wrote:
> On Mon, 2014-11-24 at 16:26 -0500, Samuel Comeau wrote:
> > Hello Ian,
> > 
> > 
> > Well, it appears I have made a mistake about the type of processor
> > that's in here : Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz.
> I think the P4 had 64-bit support in some variants, but it does sound
> likely that yours isn't one of them.
> >  I don't have the text of the menu screen for you yet, I would have to
> > 
> > retry installing linux, which I haven't had the time to do yet. I can
> > at least tell you, however, that the menu I got to was very similar to
> > this one
> > http://debian-handbook.info/browse/stable/images/inst-boot.png ,
> OK thanks for clarifying, so you are failing at the bootloader screen
> and not making it to the installer proper.
> Given that I think what Steve said regarding not booting amd64 kernels
> on i386 hardware is probably the most likely theory. I'm not sure why
> the message about incompatible arch should be AWOL, perhaps related to
> the bootloader having enabled graphical mode?
> Does an i386 image work on your system?

In fact, I do have an i386 image on my system, and some of the messages I 
posted about this bug were written from that same system, like the one with 
the linked picture.

> >  apart from the fact that my installer boot menu didn't have 64 bit
> > 
> > anywhere in it.
> I think (but I'm not 100% sure) that this is expected for a single arch
> image, IOW if the image is only for amd64 then you just get "Install"
> etc and not "64 bit install". "Install" will laucn amd64.
> For dual/multi-arch images then you get both options, one of which
> launches 32-bit and the other 64-bit.
> > The hang occurs when I try to select any option.
> Ian.


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